Charades Word Game
Charades is a parlour or group game that resolves around word guessing. Find out the rules how to play charades and the best categories to play.Party & Drinking Games — October 7, 2019
How to play Charades?
Charades is a game for people of all ages and all group sizes.
The objective of charades is to guess a word or phrase that another player is acting out.
The player is not allowed to talk, while is acting out the word or phrase. Usually the word or phrase is handed to the player acting out first, but instead of a slip of paper you can use an app.
Here is a step by step guide how to play charades:
1. Divide players into even teams
To make the game even more fun, you can divide the players up into different teams, who can then guess against each other.
The objective is to get your teammates to guess the answer using only gestures. Having people compete in teams adds to the fun, as the opposing team can come up with the words or phrases to guess.
2. Write the phrases or words to guess slips of paper
Both teams need to write down common words or phrases on slips of paper. These words or phrases will be given to the opposite team to draw at random when it’s their turn.
Usually the words or phrases are limited to categories that the teams agree upon before it starts.
Category ideas for charades:
Some category ideas to pick your charades from. It is a good idea to chose words or phrases from a few categories and provide the category to your teammates, before the clocks starts.
- TV shows
- Song titles
- Book titles
Long phrases and foreign phrases are usually not allowed. When in doubt, ask your teammates. If at least half have heard it before, it should be fine.
3. Fold the paper slips and put them in a container
Fold each of the slips of paper, so that the word or phrase is hidden. Put these slips in a container. Give your container with your words or phreases to the opposing team and get theirs.
Usually you can use a basket as a container, but you can also just use an empty glass. Just make sure the opposing team can’t read the slips.
4. Select a starting team and set a time limit
Flip a coin to determine which team goes first.
Set a time limit, depending on how confident you are. We usually use a 2 minute time limit.
If the team is able to guess word or phrase within the time limit, the team scores a point
If the team fails to guess the word or phase within the time limit, the team scores no point.
After one team guesses right or the time runs out, its the other teams turn to play.
Additional rules for Charades
To make it really competitive, you can play a best of three and agree on something the losing team has to do before the game starts.
Provide additional information to your team before the game starts:
- The category
- The number of words in the phrase
- Give a thumbs up for a correct word of a phrases
- Indicate with your finger which word of the phrase was correct
- Indicate if your team is on the right track by pointing a finger to your nose
Ideas for easy Charades
Here are some easy words and phrases to play charades. It is not necessary to provide the category to your team, as it should be easy to guess them.
- Watching TV
- Playing the piano
- Playing the guitar
- Making pancakes
- Listening to music
- Driving a car
- Writing a letter
- Giving a haircut
- Typing on a keyboard
- Mowing the lawn
- Putting on makeup
- Banana peel
- Ice skating
- Harry Potter
Ideas for hard charades
Here are some hard charade words. It is more fun, if you provide your teamates with a category that the word or phrase belongs to like movies, activity, animal or thing. Otherwise it will be insanely hard for the team to guess the word or phrase.
- Horror Movie
- Flying in a plane through turbulence
- Sleeping in a hammock
- Cooking meat
- Listening to classic music
- Playing Super Mario Kart
- Driving a go kart
- Writing a letter of complaint
- Flying a drone
- Winning an award
- The president
- Rock star
- Hot dog
- Stubbed toe
- Light bulb
- Tap dance
- Wizard of Oz
- River dance
- Road bump
- Santa Claus
- Drinking coffee
- Going shopping
- Fight Club
- The Lion King
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